If you love mountains, then Colorado is the state for you! The highest point in the state is 14,440 foot high Mount Elbert, located within the Rocky Mountain range. Other notable mountains include Pikes Peak, Mount Evans, and the Spanish Peaks, with the Continental Divide can be viewed from Loveland Pass in the Rockies. But despite the numerous mountains that cover much of the state, a full one-third of the state is flat, and much of it is arable.
Grain, corn, and other foodstuffs are farmed throughout the state, and numerous cattle ranches also dot the landscape.
Historically, the mining boom of the 1800s drew many people to Colorado to seek their fortunes. But before white men began to move to Colorado, the state was populated by many Native American tribes. The legacy of these cultures can be experienced at locations such as Mesa Verde National Park, the Anasazi Heritage Center and the Koshare Indian Museum.
Today, Colorado’s largest urban center is the capital of Denver, and almost two-thirds of the people in the state live in or near the city. In total, the state is home to roughly 5 million people (as per 2009 estimates). Over 90 percent of the state’s residents are white, and the majority of the state (about two-thirds) are Christian.
Now that you’re moving to Colorado, there are a couple facts you’ll want to keep in mind:
- Katherine Lee Bates wrote the patriotic song “America the Beautiful” while inspired by the view from Colorado’s Pikes Peak.
- Colorado is the only state in US history to turn down the Olympics. In 1976, Colorado voters refused to host the Winter Olympics due to fears of pollution related to the event.
- The Kit Carson County Carousel in Burlington is the oldest wooden carousel in America, dating back to 1905.
- The Emmy Award-winning animated TV show “South Park” takes places in a small mountain town in Colorado.
- Because Colorado contains so much land over 10,000 feet in elevation, even simple tasks like boiling water and baking cookies can take much longer due to the high altitude.
- Colfax Avenue in Denver is the longest continuous street in America.
Once you’ve moved to Colorado, you’ll be looking for some interesting things to do. Here’s a list of several things you can do to keep yourself happily occupied.
- Ghost towns created when mining towns were abandoned as mineral deposits were depleted, or when railway service lines changes. Today, these haunting towns are often tourist attractions. Among these towns are St. Elmo, Uravan, and Climax.
- Music is a large part of the cultural landscape of Colorado. One unique venue is the legendary Red Rock Amphitheater, a performance space carved out of rock that sees massive concerts from some of today’s top artists.
- Amusements parks and unique attractions are found throughout the state. You and your family are sure to be delighted by the Lakeside Amusement Park, Elitch Gardens, and Cave of the Winds.